Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 115, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 20, 2001 Page: 1 of 36
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HONDO ANVIL HERAID
Volume 115, Number 51
Thursday, December 20,2001
PHOTO BY FRANCES GUINN
SANTA'S VISIT... Santa arrived by fire truck Wednesday at SAT Learning Center, after his helicopter broke
and Rudolph’s nose didn't work, but the kids were happy to see him anyway. Andrea Theis was one of the
Pre-K kids who visited with him.
Mayor explains candidacy
Even if elected county judge, Barden still mayor through end of ’02
'B Cur 6 s
Co. clerk's office to close
The Medina County Clerk's office
will be closed all day Monday and
Tuesday, Dec. 24-25, to observe the
It will also be closed half a day on
Monday, Dec. 31, (noon to 5 p.m.)
and Tuesday, Jan. 1, all day.
Post office window closes
early on Christmas Eve
The Hondo Post Office will close
window services early, at 1 p.m., on
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and on Dec.
31, New Year's Eve.
All delivery services will operate
on a normal schedule.
for next week's paper
Advertising and copy deadline for
next week's Hondo Anvil Herald will
be Friday at noon.
Power Points deadline will remain
at 4 p.m. Friday.
The paper will be delivered on its
regular Thursday schedule.
included in this issue
Holiday greetings from your
friends and neighbors, merchants,
businesses and professionals in the
community are printed as part of sec-
tion two of this issue.
Also included in the section is a
delightful collection of letters to
Santa from the young people of the
area. You'll want to read every one
to see if a little someone you know
has written to Santa.
Anvil Herald weather imormation recorded by
Gerry Bridges; reported by Peter Carrasco
Wed., Dec. 12
Thurs., Dec. 13
Fri., Dec. 14
Sat., Dec. 15
Sun., Dec. 16
Mon., Dec. 17
Tues., Dec. 18
Total rain for the past week: 0.70 in
Total rain for December: 3.55 in.
Total rain for 2001: 34.35 in.
Avg. high temp, for the week: 64 4°
Avg. low temp, for the week: 47.4°
High temp, for 2001:
102° on Aug. 6, 15, 17 & 18
Low temp, for 2001: 29° on Jan. 20
for Feb. 2
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
D’Hanis Independent School Dts-
- trict board members passed a resolu-
• tion calling for a $2,250,000 bond
election on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002.
The referendum is intended to de-
' termine the taxpayers’ willingness to
support construction of new athletic
facilities. The bond will pay for the
: construction of a new gymnasium
* complex, a softball field and base-
ball field, according to DISD super-
intendent Bruce Davis.
The Dec. 17 vote of the DISD
board was unanimous. The board is
waiting on a final denial from its in-
surer before deciding how to proceed
with plans to replace the recently de-
. molished Cowboy football stadium.
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
Mayor Jim Barden told Hondo
City Council Monday he was seek-
ing the elected office of Medina
County Judge and explained his
candidacy's ramifications on his
mayoral responsibilities. Barden said
it was not necessary for him to sur-
render his mayoral seat in order to
run for county judge and explained
the legal opinion he had received.
“I am not required to resign by law.
I've had that researched by lawyers
and I’ve also checked with the secre-
tary of state’s office,” said Barden.
"Because the mayor’s job is a two-year
term, as opposed to a four-year term,
you are not required to resign unless
you are elected. You only have to re-
sign before you take office so you guys
are stuck with me at least for this next
year. We will see what the electorate
has to say as to whether you are stuck
with me all the way until May 2003."
“1 just wanted to clear that up in case
anyone was raising funds to run for
the mayor’s job,” quipped the mayor.
Barden is seeking the post cur-
rently held by County Judge David
Montgomery, who has announced he
is seeking another term. Also running
for the post is former County Judge
City Secretary Bea Cervantc/. said
this is the first time in the city’s his-
tory that a sitting mayor has opted to
run for the county judge's seat. She
researched the provisions for replac-
ing the mayor if he won the judge-
ship and said there were three op
tions. A majority of the council could
elect to appoint a current council
member to the mayor’s post. Coun-
cil could vote to hold a special elec-
tion. Or they could leave the mayor’s
seat unfilled until the next general
election in May 2003. Councilman
Bob Heyen is the mayor pro-tern and
would act as mayor if council leaves
the seat open. However, that does not
necessarily mean he would be ap-
pointed to the position.
If council calls a special election,
they have to call it 30 days before the
next uniform election date which is the
third Saturday in January, according
to Cervantcz. "If the mayor is elected
as county judge on Nov. 5,2002, court
cil has time to call a special election
for Jan. 19, 2003,” she said.
In Other Business
• Council tabled the approval of the
creation of a Municipal Hospital
Authority and the naming of the
original nine board members.
"Our attorneys in Austin are still ex-
ecuting the draft documents and there
is no urgency," explained Barden.
“The documents will be completed in
February. We have nine board slots, so
I need a raft lull of good candidates
and I have not yet determined their
interest. Some of the people I asked to
serve have dropped out and now I need
to check all the names to obtain a good
cross-section of the community.”
Barden said council could vote on
the original nine-member board at
the first meeting of the New Year on
Jan. 7 "I hope to have all the names
read by the first council meeting in
January," said the mayor.
• Council approved changes to the
city's personnel policy which gives ter-
minated employees the right to make
’ a final appeal to council. “Employee
attorney Inez McBrian strongly sug-
gests removing the final appeal pro-
cess," said city attorney Rene Ruiz. "It
could cause a lot of conflict.”
Barden told Ruiz he agreed with
McBrian, hut council was adamant
See MAYOR. Page 2
City crews to proceed with cleanup
Hauling off tornado debris will be handled locally
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
Hondo City Council authorized
City Manager John Vidaurri to pro-
ceed with cleanup of the city’s bum-
able and nonbumable storm debris.
Vidaurri hopes to conduct the ex-
tensive cleanup effort with the help
of city crews and contract laborers.
The city may incur some extra ex-
penses because available Texas De-
partment of Housing and Community
Affairs state relief funds are not re-
imbursable. However, council felt
they had waited long enough since
the Oct. 12 tornadoes ravaged the
town and needed to start showing tax-
payers some cleanup action.
At the Dec. 3 meeting, council
tabled all bids because the bid ranges
were so wide they felt they were com-
paring apples and oranges, according
to Vidaurri. The bids for burnable de-
bris ranged from $178,000 to almost
$8 million. Bids to dispose of non-
burnable debris ranged from $280,150
to $6,797,500. J.R. Ramon and Sons
Inc. submitted both low bids.
Because of the denial from the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency, Vidaurri said none of the
cleanup bids were affordable.
Vidaurri told council two state disas-
ter relief programs existed which they
could apply for through TDHCA: the
Texas community development pro-
gram disaster relief funds with a maxi-
mum of $350,000; and, the Home Part-
nership Improvement Program, known
as HOME, which would provide finan-
cial aid to individual homeowners.
Instead of waiting for state ap-
proval, the city manager suggested
Council authorize its stifle work with
the Texas Natural Resources Conser-
vation Commission to set fire to the
city’s burnable debris piles. “With
contract labor and rented chippers we
can take the brush to a staging area
and burn it under TNRCC and fire
marshal supervision,” said Vidaurri.
“What about the brush pile next to
the county jail?” asked Councilman
“We would have to move that pile,
because in order to burn the piles,
they must be 1,000 feet from the near-
See CITY CREWS. Page 3
A really merry
Tornado victim making steady recovery
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
When tornadoes slammed into
Sunset Trailer Park on Hondo's west
side on Oct. 12, Lynn Garcia had the
unfortunate distinction of being the
most severely injured of all of
Hondo's storm victims.
Her rescue was dramatic and her
recovery is a heartwarming Christ-
mas gift for her friends, family and
the entire town.
Garcia is still in the hospital recu-
perating, but she has survived the
toughest challenges of her stay in the
intensive care unit and is now under-
going rehabilitation so she can return
home to Hondo. Garcia was admitted
to University Hospital in San Antonio
on Oct. 13 with a broken back and ribs.
Her lungs were collapsed and she was
given a tracheotomy and put on a res-
pirator so she could breathe. Compli-
cations delayed her recovery when she
suffered a stroke and developed pneu-
monia in the hospital. Those develop-
ments left her unresponsive and her
prognosis was not good.
In the last month, however, Garcia
has been taken off the ventilator and
is now engaging in physical therapy
to develop the strength needed to once
again stand and walk. The goal of her
therapy is to overcome the symptoms
of her stroke enough to return home.
Since suffering the stroke. Lynn is
learning how to perform the necessary
activities of daily living with her new
physical limitations. Luckily, the
stroke did not impair Garcia’s speech
or cognition and she is anxious to re-
turn home to Hondo to be with her
husband Jerry and daughter Amanda.
“Everyone tells me I’m doing real
good,” said Garcia. “I was hoping I
would be home in time for Christmas,
but I have a lot of work to do. Maybe
I will be able to come home in a month
or so. They are trying to get me to
stand and regain the strength in my
arms. My left arm is still paralyzed
from the stroke. There is a lot I don’t
remember about the accident, but it’s
stuff 1 don’t need to remember.”
Garcia broke out in tears of joy
when asked how she felt about the
support she is receiving from her
hometown of Hondo and all the folks
who love her. "I can’t believe how nice
everyone is. Everyone asking about
me in Hondo makes me feel very good.
People are calling and sending me get
well cards and it makes me feel good
to know I am missed so much."
Garcia must attend rehabilitation at
the Judge Blair Reeve Rehabilitation
Center, located inside University Hos-
pital, until she regains strength and
recovers from the effects of her stroke.
“I can’t stand or sit up yet, but that is
what the therapy is for,” she said.
Hondo's most seriously injured tor-
nado victim, now Hondo’s most im-
proved survivor, will celebrate
Christmas in the hospital. But as far
as Lynn is concerned, her recovery
is the best gift she could receive.
“We’ll celebrate Christmas in the
hospital, but I expect to be able to go
home, at least for a visit, sometime
after New Year’s. Jerry’s mom will
be helping me,” said Garcia. “I just
have to gain enough strength.”
Lynn's husband Jerry was at her
side after she returned from physical
therapy on Tuesday.
“I want to thank all of the people
who have helped us through this or-
deal,” he said. "Lynn is doing great
now. She has been transferred to the
sixth floor and is just beginning
therapy to gain strength and learn
how to walk again. We hope she will
be released soon after the New Year.”
Hondo City Treasurer Debbie Sills
is a friend of Lynn’s. “We saw her
last week and she looked great," said
Sills. “Everyone’s prayers and help
have really paid off.”
Local churches announce
holiday schedules, programs
Many area churches are planning
special services during the holiday
season. Among those which have
been announced are:
• Bethlehem Lutheran Church of
Quihi will hold their Christmas Eve
Candlelight Services at 7:30 and
11:00 p.m. on Dec. 24.
• First Baptist Church of Hondo
will have Candlelight Service and
observe Communion of the Lord’s
Supper at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
• First Mexican Baptist Church
will have a Christmas program at 6
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.
• First United Methodist Church of
Hondo will hold their special
children’s and youth service at 5:30
p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 10 p.m.
that evening they will hold their
• Saint John’s Catholic Church will
hold Mass on Christmas Eve at 5
p.m. and at midnight. Christmas Day
services will be held in Spanish at
7:45 a.m. and in English at 10 a.in.
On New Year's Day services will be
held in Spanish at 7:45 a.m. and in
English at 10 a.m.
• Holy Cross Catholic Church in
D'Hanis will have mass at 4 p.m. and
12 midnight Christmas Eve and at 8
a.m. Christmas Day. On New Year's
Eve mass will be held at 5:30 p.m.
and at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day.
• Immaculate Heart of Mary
Church in Yancey will have mass at
10 a.m. Christmas Day and New
• Saint Paul Lutheran Church of
Hondo’s youth will present a Christ-
mas Pageant on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. The
program is Voices of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve the Candlelight
Worship Service will be held at 7 p.m.
and the Christmas offering will be given
to the Medina County Food Pantry.
ST SBA LOAN... Ben Solis of SBA presents the first loan check for
tado damage repair to Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Rivera and daughter
inora Gomez of D’Hanis in County Judge David Montgomery's office
fay. Other checks are in the process of being delivered and recipi-
s will be contacted regarding approval. While Solis and Linda Cobb
he SBA are no longer at the courthouse, the program is still open and
tone with tornado damage can come by the county judge’s office for
[ructions on how to apply. After data has been recorded by SBA,
re is a good chance of getting funding through the homes program
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